The Rose and the Ring

Composer and musician Sir Nicholas Jackson presents his latest composition in May 2016; The Rose and the Ring, an opera based on the novel of the same name by William Thackeray.

One of Thackeray’s lesser known works, The Rose and the Ring takes place in the fictional kingdom of Pafflagonia. Magic, royalty and romance dominate the themes of Thackeray’s novel and for Sir Nicholas, it was an obvious choice for an opera. The score is set to adaptations and orchestrations of Keyboard Sonatas by Scarlatti, a composer whose sonatas Nicholas has had a long affiliation with.

Amongst the cast will be Kathleen Ferrier Award finalist Robyn Parton and Handel Singing Competition 2014 finalist Edward Grint. They will be joined by the Concertante of London, led by Madeleine Easton.

Sir Nicholas will conduct the world premiere on Wednesday 4 May at Drapers Livery Hall, followed by the first public performance at The Charterhouse, London on Thursday 5 May. On 7 May the cast will be recording the work in its entirety to be released later in the year.